COVID-19 update: Monroe downgraded to yellow alert status

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MONROE, CT — Monroe now has yellow alert status on the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s color coded map. It is the lowest alert, for municipalities with 5-9 daily cases per 100,000. The next highest alerts are orange and red.

“As of yesterday’s report, Monroe has had 1,401 cases and 15 deaths, since the start of the pandemic,” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said in his weekly update.

The Monroe Health Department’s weekly vaccination clinic will be at St. Jude School this Wednesday. It will be open by appointment through VAMS or for walk-ups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will have Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine for adults 18 and older.

“Our superintendent of schools has confirmed that there is sufficient parental interest for a Monroe-based vaccination clinic for students age 12-17,” Kellogg said. “Due to recent changes that will allow us to properly meet the short-term storage requirements of Pfizer vaccine, the Monroe Health Department has identified an ability to conduct a limited Pfizer vaccination clinic for this group, which we are planning for next week.”

Families will receive an email from Monroe public schools, providing registration and scheduling instructions. Parents of town students who do not attend school in Monroe may email [email protected] for assistance.

State rule changes

Gov. Ned Lamont continues to confirm that he will end all remaining business restrictions on May 19, Kellogg said.

“Based upon the new CDC guidance, the governor has stated that individuals that are fully vaccinated will not be required to mask indoors, unless required by the specific business or organization,” Kellogg said. “This change in his executive orders is also expected to take effect May 19th.”

Outdoor masks will only be recommended for certain large events. The state will release guidance by next week, according to Kellogg.

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